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American artist Jack Levine is best remembered for his American Social Realist paintings, including "Gangster Funeral," which satirized corruption in the modern world.
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Born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 3, 1915, Jack Levine was a prominent painter in the American Social Realist school of the 1930s. Levine worked for the Works Progress Administration from 1935 to 1940. During this period, in 1939, he held his first one-man show in New York City. After World War I, Levine went to Europe on a Fulbright Scholarship. There, he was inspired by the old masters and, once home, painted biblical subjects as well as satires of modern corruption. His best-known works include "Brain Trust," exhibited in 1936; "The Feast of Pure Reason," exhibited in 1937; "The Trial" (1953–54); "Gangster Funeral" (1952–53); and "The Patriarch of Moscow on a Visit to Jerusalem" (1975). By the 1980s, Levine had begun focusing more on Hebraism. He died in New York City on November 8, 2010.
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